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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 30, 2011 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Perhaps JOTS will take notice now that his fav bass player has been quoted below? I know you know, LiA, but it really is surprising that so few people here really get "it" (CREAM). I know they are generally tolerant of me, but this gushing you've found is exactly what my two brothers described to me.

There was NO question; it was recognized by one and all, band members, fans, everyone...

Interesting.


"On another subject - I was repeatedly struck how much in awe the Airplane members were of the Cream."

Jack Casady: "The Cream, as far as I'm concerned, is phenomenal. The Cream sat all the rock & roll bands in San Francisco up; made 'em listen. Cause here they were getting a little too much confidence...[and] this English group came in and just blew them off the stage. There's no doubt about it, they're fantastic. When a band really has magic, when they're working well, their minds are all connected, it comes across to the audience... Cream did a number [and] the whole audience was swaying back and forth, in slow motion. A very long drawn-out thing; Eric Clapton's guitar like a woman's voice. I mean it felt like an acid trip. On that night, something erupted, descended over the audience, a magic. It was very mystical."


NOTE to BD: the gentle swaying that Jack describes? The ONLY time I've been enveloped like that was via your friend Weeks with Clapton and Winwood...I won't say it was Bruce, nor Baker, or even Clapton as God, but it was good enough.

That's the experience I find via those three every time I listen to the live stuff. But I found it that one night, though too old to do much more than sway.

This post was modified by William Tell on 2011-08-30 13:12:48

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Aug 31, 2011 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Nah Tell, still don't love them. Man you're like a Jehovah's witness or something, you think if you keep knocking on my door I'm going to somehow magically convert. haha

I love that Garcia quote from Mickey about Cream that's in the behind Winterland feature on the clsing of Winterland DVD. How him and Jerry go see them and Mickey is all gushing over them saying how they're the best band yaddayadd and Garcia looks at him all cooly and says " TONIGHT, they're the best band..."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 31, 2011 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Ha! Exactly...don't look now, but I GOT one (see below? Wineland made the BIGGEST mistake of his life...I have his address, I have hundreds of CDS...he'll never listen to the DEAD again!).

"BaaaWAaaaah!!!", as Dire would say (not sure why, but he was fond of using that hereabouts a while back...?).

One convert at a time; soon Wineland will have that blank expression, walking around mumbling to himself, you know, sorta like me...ahem.

Took a while, but glad you found my "dig" hidden down here!

;)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 30, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Hey, slow to the draw here, but Willie Weeks did indeed blow me away when I saw him with Clapton and Winwood (in NYC at MSG and then back west in San Jose nearly a year later). As to whether Cream blows everyone away, I think Cassady's comemnts speak for themselves. And to think that EC was the weakest link ...

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Aug 30, 2011 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

"The Cream" back in their day, 1966, 1967, 1968 were the bomb! Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears and Wheels on Fire are all awesome records. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, three completely competent lead players in competition with each other.

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell faired a close second only because of the dominating stature of Hendrix. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham perhaps with a little help from Plant on the vocals. On a real good night, Garcia, Lesh, Kreutzmann.

We would rotate The Cream along with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland, Sgt Peppers, the Doors, not quite into the Dead yet, FM radio, Motown, 1967 etc.

I recall an interview with Mickey Hart discussing attending a Cream performance with Garcia and asking Jerry, "is this the best band in the world?" he said Garcia responded, "this; is the best band in the world, tonight!".





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Poster: wineland Date: Aug 30, 2011 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Was Cassidy referring to a specific Cream concert? Let me know if it is out there so I can hunt it down. At age 15 my Uncle introduced me to his music (Mom was a Neil Diamondhead and Dad was a CCR man), he taped his records and gave me Disreali Gears, Are You Experienced?, Europe 72, and Zeppelin I & II. The Cream tape became my favorite of the bunch. Amazing music and musicians, and to this day, a really cool Uncle.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 30, 2011 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Email sent if you still check the old ones we used back in the day (I looked, our last exchange was 2007!? We're getting old, man...we're getting old!).

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Poster: William Tell Date: Aug 30, 2011 7:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Hey B--if you still have my email, drop me a line and I can send along some. Will see if I have yours. I've sorta dropped out of the biz of sending stuff, but I recall I never sent you that stuff we talked about way back when (you've probably forgotten), so think of it as making up for that...if you do the torrenting thing, get ahold of 10-15-67.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Aug 30, 2011 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: CREAM blows everyone away...BD?

Casady was referring to a specific show, but we don't know which one...likely from their first San Francisco run in Sept '67.
(I think his interview was done before Cream returned to SF in March '68 to record the Wheels of Fire live album, though I'm not certain about that.)

9/3/67 would have been a similar show from that first Fillmore run, in a decent audience recording:
http://gpatt.customer.netspace.net.au/cream/fillmore67.htm
There's also another nice Cream tape from 9/4/67, at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles.